|Tesla Model S|
So, I went for a few years wondering if Ludicrous Speed had anything to do with Space Balls.
But now Tesla has a faster mode that involves cars having three motors instead of the two required for Ludicrous Speed. And guess what they call it. "Plaid mode." That has to be a reference to Space Balls. If you don't know why, watch this clip from the movie (Warning: NSFW language).
So anyone who has seen Space Balls is in on the joke. And Elon Musk or someone at Tesla has a great sense of humor.
Of course, spending $100,000 or more on a car that can't go to Seattle and back without a long charging session still doesn't make sense to me.